by Heike Ewing Ott
Parrots are much longer lived than other pets such as dogs and cats. For this reason, bird owners should make plans for their birds if the worst should happen and the bird outlives the owner. Many owners choose to place their birds in their will so that there is no question of where the birds should go if the owner passes away.
I was wondering if there was away to leave part of your life insurance to care for your birds if anything were to happen?
I think you need to find someone you trust to be a trustee, and leave the money and the birds specifically to them, with the understanding or even a contract that this person cares for your birds if something happens to you.
Many of my breeder friends here locally have agreements with each other about taking birds if anybody dies or is incapacitated. If Gloria dies, I get Peaches back and her pair of Quakers, Pam gets her lovebirds, Barbara gets her macaws, etc. We all know which birds we’re to get, but it’s also spelled out in her will. Before there was John, all of my birds were “parceled out” in the event of my death, and my Mom had a backup copy of the list with everybody’s names and phone numbers so she could quickly effect the distribution if something happened to me.
There is also at least one “bird” person who has a key to my house and knows how to take care of the birds, and they are on everybody’s emergency call list. In the event of a car accident, etc., they would probably get 3 or 4 calls <g> to use their key and come take care of the birds. My work even has instructions to call this person if I don’t show up for work and can’t be reached for 24 hours, just in case.
I won’t send them to the list, but I am aware of at least 3 local horror stories of people who died and their birds were found by relatives days later, or taken to the SPCA by the police.
Better safe than sorry…